“My bike is RAD to the POWER of sick”

Last month, I edited the Practices 09 supplement for Building Design, Building’s sister magazine for architects. It’s not exactly a good time to be an architect (which is why this annual careers supplement ended up being a toolkit for staying in business) but we struck a note of defiance – why let a pesky rececession drive you under? I rather unscientifically discovered that the tipping point from small company to big company seems to happen around the 30-staff mark, and assembled a panel of “business doctors” to tell a very enthusiastic start-up practice how to get something built. But perhaps most popular was a random back page idea where we offered to tell architects what their beloved bikes were saying about their personalities, and were swamped with entries. There are some very strange machines out there…

Fred Goodwin shreds his own office

So it turns out that Fred ” the Shred” Goodwin is as much of a menace to building projects as he is to banks, according to the developer who built RBS’s flash new office in Manchester. I invited Allied London’s construction director Graham Skinner to speak at the latest of Building’s Phase One networking events for young construction professionals last Thursday at Spinningfields in Manchester. He said Goodwin had taken a special interest in the architecture – though unfortunately not the structural engineering, as he demanded a crucial column be removed from the lobby after digging was well underway. Perhaps there’s a clue there…